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Sustainability In The Fast Fashion Industry

The Year 9 students have been learning about fast fashion and the environmental and human costs associated with this business model. The students examined how well known brands such as H & M, Zara, and Uniqlo use the fast fashion model to sustain their businesses and how these impact people in other countries. They examined the issues with recycling man made fibres and the difficulty in donating, reselling and recycling these clothes- so much more is produced than is consumed or needed. That means textile waste is one of the major contributors to pollution and toxic landfills. Students were also exposed to the harsh realities of fast fashion production in countries such as Bangladesh where human and labour rights are routinely flouted and people face serious dangers going to work in many factories that catch fire or collapse, such as the Rana Plaza collapse in 2013. Students were asked to complete a series of collages which showcased their learning of 'fast fashion'.